Missouri Plumbing Contractor Admits to Violating Trench Safety Requirements

OSHA - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 07:00
October 30, 2018 Missouri Plumbing Contractor Admits to Violating Trench Safety Requirements
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Metal Recycling Company After Employee Suffers Injury

OSHA - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 07:00
October 30, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Metal Recycling Company After Employee Suffers Injury
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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 19:05

A veteran Sacramento firefighter is recovering from a harrowing ordeal in which colleagues rescued him as he began to fall through the roof of a commercial building during a fire.

KCRA captured dramatic footage of the firefighter with the lower half of his body already through the roof as colleagues reached out to grab him before pulling him free and away from danger on Wednesday.

“Shock, disbelief a little bit,” is how Sacramento Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Keith Wade described those scary moments on the the roof of a children’s store in the Arden area. The crew was on the roof checking for hot spots after the fire had been knocked down.

“When you know personally people involved and you’re seeing something happen in real-time that you can’t personally do anything for, it really hits home,” Wade added. “It can swell you with some emotion.”

The firefighter, whose name has yet to be released, is a 21-year veteran and a captain.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 07:55

A 42-year-old is facing an aggravated harassment charge, accused of spitting on a Portland Fire & Rescue firefighter last Monday, October 15.

The firefighter said he was in a fire truck, waiting at a stop light when Branden Shelby rode up on a bicycle and spit in his face. Another firefighter confirmed he heard someone “hock a loogie” before seeing spit fly, court documents state.

An officer arrived to see four firefighter surrounding Shelby at SW Naito Parkway and Morrison Street.

Shelby told the officer he was “heated” because the firetruck’s rubber, flexible side light hit him when he was coming to a stop at the intersection, an affidavit states.

Shelby was later booked on the aggravated harassment charge

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 07:53

A volunteer firefighter who was responding to a Saturday afternoon house fire was involved in an accident involving a former police officer. It happened shortly after 1:00 at the intersection of Highways 96 and 190 in Jasper.

The fireman, who serves with the East End Fire Department, was traveling westbound on Highway 190 in his late model Dodge Ram pickup truck, and the other man was traveling southbound on Highway 96 in his late model Dodge Challenger sedan.

The front of the car collided with the passenger door of the truck. Thankfully, both drivers were uninjured.

The names of the drivers involved and other details about the crash are not expected to be released by Jasper Police until Monday.

To read more about the house fire, click on the following link:

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 07:51

Crews worked for several hours to remove a fire engine from a sinkhole on Gloucester Street in Providence.

Crews responded to the scene around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

It’s unclear what caused the road to buckle, but it appears a water main break happened on the same street.

Providence firefighters say no one was hurt, but people should avoid Gloucester Street because it will remain closed for the next few hours.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/28/2018 - 07:49

One firefighter was injured after a fire truck ran off the road and flipped Saturday.

According to fire officials, the incident happened in the 300 block of Graham Road.

According to the West Rowan Volunteer Fire Department, a reckless driver caused the truck to leave the road and flip.

Firefighters were returning from their station after a children’s charity Halloween event.

They were on Graham Street in Mt. Ulla on a curvy narrow two-lane road, when the fire chief says a car tried to pass them from behind, making a dangerous move that forced the truck off the road and over on its side.

The driver did not stop after the fire truck ran off the road.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries in the accident

The fire truck sustained heavy damage and it took a little over an hour to clear the scene.

No further information was released.

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FaceValue: Worker connecting towline fatally crushed

NIOSH FACE Reports - Sat, 10/27/2018 - 23:00
A 24-year-old oil and gas delivery truck driver was fatally injured when he was crushed between a dozer and the front of his vehicle.
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:10

As the cold weather arrives, and the end of 2018 approaches, we are doing a final run of long sleeve 20th Anniversary “The Secret List” shirts-and we are asking for your support.

100% of the profits from the Firefighter owned company, Ten Three Graphics, have been evenly split (over $10,000.00 !! ) between The Ray Pfeifer Foundation and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

-The FF Cancer Support Network unequivocally and incredibly supports every Firefighter fighting cancer, along with providing prevention training.

-The late Firefighter Ray Pfeifer was a dear and long time friend of ours and so many. Ray died in the Line of Duty from 9/11 Cancer. He may be best known for (while in his wheelchair, as he was dying) cornering politicians in Washington DC, forcing their support of on going funding for 9/11 responders, who like Ray, are fighting for their lives. The foundation, named for Ray, now provides supplemental assistance to 9/11 responders who are now fighting for their lives.

With holiday season approaching and cold weather here, these shirts make a wonderful gift – while supporting two very important charities.

Please consider ordering—every cent above cost goes to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and The Ray Pfeifer Foundation.



Our sincere THANKS to the Firefighters who own and run Ten Three Graphics, for their amazing support of this project – and to you, the members of The Secret List, for your phenomenal support.


After all, everyone loves 100% cotton long sleeve t-shirts-especially ones that support these two important Firefighter charities. Please help out by buying some today.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:52

Eleven Baltimore fire recruits and two administrators were taken to hospitals Thursday after experiencing symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning, city fire officials told 11 News.

Fire officials said units were called around 3 p.m. at the Fire Training Academy in the 6700 block of Pulaski Highway in east Baltimore for reports of a carbon monoxide leak.

Fire officials said the recruits had been participating all day in an active recruit class inside one of the Fire Training Academy buildings. Officials say some 60 recruits were eating lunch at the academy when some started to feel symptoms like headaches and vomiting.

Fire officials said the recruits were taken to another building on the Fire Training Academy property and were evaluated before they were taken to hospitals for treatment and evaluation.

“We’re very fortunate that it wasn’t worse. You know, if they had spent a longer timeframe inside the academy, they could have taken in more of the carbon monoxide, but we’re extremely fortunate,” Baltimore fire spokeswoman Blair Skinner said.

Additionally, a fire captain who went home earlier in the day who started experiencing symptoms went to the hospital on his own.

Fire officials entered the original building the recruits were in and found levels of carbon monoxide in excess of 200 parts per million. A normal level is around eight parts per million.

Fire officials ventilated the building. An investigation into why the carbon monoxide levels were so high is underway.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:33

A firefighter was bit by a dog while responding to a house fire in Rochester on Thursday.

It broke out around 1:15 p.m. on Grand Avenue. Firefighters say there was heavy smoke on the second floor and the fire spread into the attic. It took crews 30 minutes to get it under control.

One person who lived in the house was treated for minor burns.

Crews say the dog was aggressive and had to be temporarily locked in the basement until animal control arrived. The firefighter who was attacked was taken to the hospital for treatment as well.

The cause is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:31

The truck driver who crashed into a Hanover Fire-EMS truck on Interstate 295 and killed Lt. Brad Clark earlier this month was arraigned on Thursday in Hanover General District Court.

Lester Lewis Labarge, 49, of Hanover Md., was charged Thursday with reckless driving and having inoperable brakes.

Virginia State Police say that additional charges in connection to the accident are pending.

On Oct. 11 around 9 p.m.,  Labarge’s semi-truck crashed into a Hanover Fire-EMS truck responding to an accident during Tropical Storm Michael on I-295 near Pole Green road. Clark and his colleagues were standing outside of the fire truck with warning and hazard lights on at the time of the accident.

Lt. Clark was killed and three others firefighters were injured by the crash. Firefighter Carter Lewis, who was on his first day on the job, had his leg amputated after the accident. A third firefighter in serious but stable condition at VCU Medical Center.

A memorial service for Clark on October 17 drew crowds of friends, family members, and emergency responders from around the country.

“Hanover Fire Department, I know Brad loved each and every one of you,” said retired Henrico Chief Bob Clark, the father of a Lt. Clark. He said his son died doing what he loved to do.

Labarge will appear again in court for a hearing on March 21.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Company for Protective Equipment Violations

OSHA - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 07:00
October 25, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Company for Protective Equipment Violations
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